Williams Street Repertory Lab Presents “BOSONS” at Raue Center

Caption: Cast of Aurin Squire's "Running on Fire" in 2015.

Williams Street Repertory is excited to present “Bosons” by K. Frithjof Peterson as part of its LAB new play staged reading series. Join Williams Street Repertory for a comedic journey of cosmic discovery at 7 p.m. on September 26, 2016.

When you look up, do you marvel at your place among the stars or feel too small to matter? These are the voyages of Karl and Lucy, two college kids who boldly go on a mission through worlds of subatomic particles and “Star Trek” to seek out which parts of us can survive against the cosmic backdrops of loss and loneliness.

On the inspiration for the play, Peterson explains, “I’ve heard other people make the argument that in the fabric of every story is a love story. I could see evidence of that in most of what I had written, but I’d never tried writing a straightforward romantic love story. So, that was something I wanted to try.”

Caption: Cast of Aurin Squire's "Running on Fire" in 2015.

Caption: Cast of Aurin Squire’s “Running on Fire” in 2015.

 

However, as Peterson was writing, “the “romantic” part of the love story moved from something more traditional to exploring the confusion of sudden, unexpected intimacy. Does love at first sight exist? How is intimacy different than love? How does all that create confusion?” Peterson explains, “That is where the play wanted to go.”

“Bosons,” a new and unproduced play, was previously developed in Chicago with freelance director Laura Baker and dramaturg Rebecca Adelsheim and with Strange Sun Theater in New York. “I’m really excited about this reading with William Street Rep,” Peterson explains, “so that I can ask some more questions and get a new draft done this fall.”

Peterson’s work has been performed throughout the United States as well as translated and performed in Moscow, Russia. His other full-length plays include “Where the Whangdoodle Sings” (Generous Company) and “Bookmarks” (Finalist, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference).

Peterson’s plays have also been finalists for The Kennedy Center’s National Ten-Minute Play Award, the Heideman Award and the Samuel French OOB Festival. His work has been developed with The Kennedy Center, WordBRIDGE, Fusion Theatre Company (Albuquerque), The Inkwell (D.C.), Strange Sun Theater (NYC), The Gift Theatre (Chicago) and Fox Valley Rep (IL).

WSR’s LAB Series readings are held select Mondays at 7 p.m. at Raue Center. Admission is FREE! Come for the reading and stay for a discussion afterward! The LAB reading of today may become the Mainstage production of tomorrow! For more information, please visit wsrep.org.

About Williams Street Repertory
Williams Street Repertory is a non-profit theatre company located in the wonderful town of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Over the past 6 years, WSR has built a reputation for artistic excellence as one of Illinois’ leading producing theatres. WSR is dedicated to sustaining an artistic process of innovative and emotionally charged work, telling diverse stories, and creating an in-house production company of well-respected artists. Since opening, WSR has presented more than 18 productions with a wide range of appeal: from Chicago premieres to international debuts to holiday favorites. In 2016, WSR entered into a contract with Actors Equity Association, making WSR the only professional theater company in McHenry County. Williams Street Rep is dedicated to its mission of producing diverse and emotionally charged stories that deepen the cultural richness of our community and our region. WSR was made possible through support provided by Susen Håakansson Berg and James C. Berg, the City of Crystal Lake, ComEd, McHenry County Community Foundation and Epic Repertory Theater Company. For additional information, visit wsrep.org.

About Raue Center For The Arts
Raue Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. For 15 years, they have provided quality programming – striving to make it pertinent, available and affordable to all. As a painstakingly restored, 1920s regional showcase theatre named for its benefactor—Lucile Raue—Raue Center has attracted the finest stars, Broadway shows, musicians and artists. Named on the League of Historic American Theatres, Raue Center is one of the finest examples of restored art and decor in the nation. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic, downtown Crystal Lake, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination. For additional information, visit rauecenter.org, facebook.com/RaueCenter and twitter.com/RaueCenter.